“If business isn’t developing solutions to our sustainability issues, they won’t be developed,” says Andy Hoffman, a professor of sustainable enterprise at the University of Michigan.
Renowned biologist Paul Ehrlich talks about human nature, the “gibbering idiots” who think he’s wrong, and why we’re incapable of coping with slow-rolling environmental catastrophes.
Paleontologist Jonathan Payne says we’re not seeing the sixth mass extinction yet. But give us time …
People are predisposed to wander, but travel has hidden environmental price tags. Human ecologist Bill Durham talks about using our wanderlust to connect people with the planet.
In three-and-a-half years at the helm, Enivronmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has gone from crusading to embattled. She talks with Grist about false choices between economy and environment, the power of peer review, and cleaning up coal.
As humanity rushes into urban areas, the future of life on Earth hangs in the balance, says environmental historian Jon Christensen. Can we weave natural ecosystems into our human habitat, and vice versa?
In a speech in Colorado, Mitt Romney asked where the state's promised clean energy jobs were. Actually, Colorado has over 70,000 green jobs.
As the sixth great extinction descends on us, we have tough choices to make about which species stay and which ones get voted off the island. Nobel Peace Prize-winning biologist Terry Root has some thoughts for the jury.
by Jessica Goad Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned in Craig, Colorado this morning, where he slammed the Obama administration for its energy policies. Romney implied in his speech that there are no clean energy jobs in Colorado, an assertion that is blatantly untrue. And then of course there’s his plan for energy. You [...]
By Leslie Chang Stanford Professor Christopher Gardner says all the nutrition studies in the world couldn’t convince Americans to change their diets. He knows what is finally doing the trick, though.
By Bryan Barney Tropical forest ecologist Rodolfo Dirzo talks about deforestation, “defaunation,” and the ecological concept of “the living dead.”
If you are a slave to your morning coffee like I am, you might want to take a listen to the latest episode of the Field Trip podcast, which is entirely devoted to the fascinating backstory of your caffeine fix. Highlights include San...Show More Summary
shutterstock_49157602.jpg At an industry public relations conference last year, Michael Kehs of Chesapeake Energy described a Wall Street Journal op-ed to gathered oil and gas officials, saying it pointed out the industry's "credibility problem." “And I’m sure some of it relates to defensiveness,” Kehs added. Show More Summary
By Judee Burr The award-winning environmental historian says humans have had a massive impact on the environment for centuries. Is it different now, in the "Anthropocene"? Yes and no.
By Michael C. Osborne Scientists say humans have become a geologic force on a massive scale, like an asteroid strike or the end of an ice age. What do we do now?
Kate and I have both appeared in non-blog media over the last few days, discussing why we are Kony 2012 skeptics. In case you’re interested: On March 8, Amanda appeared on Monocle Radio’s The Daily (Link here, and the interview … Continue reading ?
It's time for Friday funnies, and the top hit today is Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap, which first popped up over at The Tyee. It's a foul-mouthed, satirical music video remix of Kathryn Marshall's ridiculous PR gymnastics to avoid answering a basic question from CBC 's Evan Solomon whether Enbridge funds the Ethical Oil Institute. Show More Summary
On Friday, President Obama received widespread praise for reaffirming his commitment to ensuring that all women can get contraceptive coverage without a copay Unfortunately, extremists in Congress don't want women to have access to insurance...Show More Summary
Today I posted the latest installment of the “Animals & Politics” podcast, hosted by Patrick Ferrise, in which we discuss the new legislation in Congress to improve the treatment of egg-laying hens, and our 2011 ratings for federal lawmakers and...
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